Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 5–15 | Cite as

A Feasibility Pilot Intervention Program to Teach Parenting Skills to Mothers of Poly-Victimized Children

  • Paulo C. Pereira
  • Sabrina M. D’Affonseca
  • Lúcia C. A. Williams


The Parceria (Partnership) Project is a Brazilian intervention program designed for mothers with an intimate partner violence (IPV) history. Its short term goal is to teach parenting skills to abused women, and in the long term, to prevent behavioral problems in their children. The objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility of the Parceria Project with mothers of children who had experienced multiple forms of maltreatment (poly-victimization), as it was expected that most of the mothers would also have a history of IPV. Seventeen Brazilian mothers took part in this intervention. They completed several types of evaluation. The intervention program using a cognitive-behavioral model took place in each family’s home. All mothers completed the intervention and evaluated the project positively. The study showed that it is feasible to conduct interventions with families who face severe psychosocial risk such as family violence.


Parenting program evaluation Intervention with abused mothers Prevention of child abuse Poly-victimized children 



This paper is part of the first author’s Ph.D. dissertation conducted at Universidade Federal de São Carlos. A similar version of the study was presented at the 2nd International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Porto, Portugal, May, 13–14, 2011.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paulo C. Pereira
    • 1
  • Sabrina M. D’Affonseca
    • 2
  • Lúcia C. A. Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro Universitário FAFIBE, LAPREV (The Laboratory for Violence Analysis & Prevention)Federal University of São CarlosSão CarlosBrazil
  2. 2.Laprev—Laboratory for Violence Analysis & Prevention, Departamento de PsicologiaUniversidade Federal de São CarlosSão CarlosBrazil

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